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Friday, 2 May 2014

* Wolfie writing assessment


Thursday, 1 May 2014

* In class prep work for final writing assessment


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

*Wolfie final comprehension quiz (not retakeable)

*Explain final Wolfie writing assessment


Tuesday, 29 April 2014

*Discuss chapters 18-21 and the worksheet

*Ch 22-23 group worksheets

HW: Finish Wolfie Chs 24-26

Monday, 28 April 2014

* Protest Poster. Due end of class


Friday, 25 April 2014

* Pronoun test

* Protest music

**HWK: Read ch 18-20


Thursday, 24 April 2014

*MAP testing


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

* Wolfie pop quiz (not retakeable)

* Discussed ch 15-17

*Reviewed last night's pronoun homework

*Explained Protest Poster Project. In class work for Monday

*** Pronoun test Friday***

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

* Wolfie group activity

* Checked vocab puzzle

* Pronoun review (subject, object, possessive and indefinite)

**Homework: Finish reading Ch 15-17

**Wolfie pronoun worksheet



Thursday, 17 April 2014

*Checked pronoun homework

*Wolfie vocabulary Ch. 11-12 group activity

*Read Wolfie Ch. 11-12 (some may need to finish reading at home)

*Homework: Complete discussion questions (#4 needs text evidence) and conflict chart (on back) for Ch. 11-12 - due Monday!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

*Wolfie vocabulary quiz Ch. 1-10

*Indefinite pronoun practice; pronoun review worksheet due tomorrow

*Wolfie group meeting on Ch. 8-10 questions


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

*Vocabulary Review Wolfie Ch. 1-10 crossword puzzle; quiz tomorrow!

*Indefinite pronoun practice

*Read Wolfie Ch. 10

*Questions Ch. 8-10 (5 questions total) due tomorrow if not finished in class


Monday, 14 April 2014

*Wolfie Ch. 8 pop quiz (non-retakeable!)

*Limerick work time - due tomorrow

*Chimpanzee Escape article and pronouns

*Indefinite pronoun introduction

*Homework: Read Wolfie Ch. 9


Friday, 11 April 2014

*Pronoun word search

*Wolfie Ch. 6-7 Class Discussion

*Limericks lesson and assignment: Students are to write a limerick about themselves; we will finish them in class on Monday.

*Homework: Read Wolfie Ch. 8 for Monday

Thursday, 10 April 2014

*Mad Libs

*Pronoun and Antecedent practice

*Read Wolfie Ch. 6-7 ; Ch. 6-7 discussion questions due tomorrow (text evidence necessary for question #1 only); students should read info on Limericks in Ch. 6-7 packet

*Pride writing redo due tomorrow

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

*Root word quiz: uni/mono, bi-du, tri, quad, pent/quint, dec,cent

*Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement lesson

*Finished Wolfie Ch. 4-5 group meeting, no homework or reading assigned for tomorrow

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

*Possessive pronoun puzzle

*Possessive pronoun AND root word sentences

*Wolfie characterization activity

*Wolfie Ch. 4-5 group meeting (LA2 and LA3 will continue meeting tomorrow)



Monday, 7 April 2014

*Proofreading warm-up

*Possessive pronoun practice

*Read Wolfie Ch. 5 in class

*Homework: Wolfie Ch. 4-5 discussion questions due tomorrow (do not do Characterization part on back side)

*Root word quiz Wed!


Friday, 4 April 2014

*Root word number activity

*Possessive pronoun intro and notes

*Wolfie Group Discussion Ch. 1-3

*Homework - read Wolfie Ch. 4 only for Monday

*Root word vocabulary quiz Wednesday; study guides distributed today

*Pride writing prompt redos (optional) due Friday


Thursday, 3 April 2014

*Writing journal warm-up

*Subject/Object pronouns and correct usage

*Ch. 1-3 Wolfie questions and activities - due tomorrow if not finished


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

*Word play warm-up

*Pronoun practice (subject/object and correct usage)

*Began reading Wolfie - Ch. 1& 2 were read in class; Homework - Ch. 3 needs to be read for class tomorrow.


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

*Root word activity

*Subject and object pronoun practice

*Wolfie vocabulary Ch. 1-10, completed chart

*Checked Letters from Wolfie books out of LRC; each student has his or her own to bring back and forth between home and school - no reading assigned for tonight!



Monday, 31 March 2014

*Last new root word list - tri (3), quad (4), quint/pent (5), dec (10), cent (100)

*Pronoun introduction: Focused on subject and object pronouns being used correctly

*Letters from Wolfie group vocabulary activity for Ch. 1-10; we will check out books tomorrow or Wed.


Thursday, 20 March 2014

*Read and annotated article on the Vietnam War in preparation for Letters from Wolfie novel unit (after spring break); we'll discuss tomorrow

*Typed reponse to "Pride" writing prompt in computer lab; due tomorrow if not finished in class.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

*Word play puzzle

*Book Fair trip

*Bi/Du = Two - checked cartoon homework

*Finished Fox and Emperor chart and introduced writing  prompt: What are the positive and negative consequences of pride? Students will use text evidence from stories to help support their response. Students were given rubric and time to brainstorm/outline/draft ideas and ask questions. We start typing tomorrow.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

*New root word: Bi/Du = Two; cartoon sketches due tomorrow if not finished in class

*"The Fox and the Crow" and "The Emperor's New Clothes" comparison chart - discussed in class; small writing assignment will be introduced tomorrow


Monday, 17 March 2014

*"Fox and the Crow" GIST summary

*Read "The Emperor's New Clothes" in Lit. Book

*Finally finished Animal Research Presentations!


Friday, 14 March 2013

*Uni/Mono alternate word activity

*Read "The Fox and the Crow" reviewed fable genre

*Animal research presentations


Thursday, 13 March 2014

*Uni/Mono root word work

*Positive and negative word connotations group activity

*Animal Research Presentations


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

*Writing journal warm-up: Summer plans

*Word Connotation vs. Denotation Lesson

*Animal Research Presentations


Tuesday, 11 March 2013

*New root word: Mono/Uni = One

*Intensive and reflexive pronoun open-note pop-quiz

*Animal Research Presentations


Monday, 10 March 2014

*Intensive and reflexive pronoun practice - homework is part B. of worksheet: Using Pronouns in Writing - students must write one paragraph

*District Speaking Assessment/Animal Research Presentation discussion

*Presentation work time - last day! Presentations begin tomorrow. Students must turn in a works cited with their presentation.


Friday, 7 March 2014

*Checked intensive and reflexive pronoun homework

*Talked more about works cited document for research project

*Presentation time in computer lab - last day to work in class is Monday; Presentations start Tuesday!


Thursday, 6 March 2014

*Animal Research Project work time; presentations start Tuesday, so students will need to be ready to go at the beginning of class.

*Intensive and reflexive worksheet homework due tomorrow!


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

*Animal Research Project work time


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

*Intensive and Reflexive pronoun work

*Animal research work time; students should be working on presentation their presentations by now; due: Mon. March 10th.

*Six Flags Read to Succeed Program Extension: I can now collect reading longs until Mon. March 10th!


Monday, 3 March 2014

*Intensive and reflexive pronoun introduction and notes

*Animal Research/Project Work in LRC - Students should have finished and shown me the note cards AND thesis/outline paper at this point!

*Official project due date: Monday, March 10th!


Friday, 28 February 2014

*Research - students should be working on thesis paper and outlines by the end of today (note cards should be completely finished)

*Cycl/Orb, Phil, Bio Root Word Quiz

*ISAT Reading Extended Response review

*Six Flags Read to Succeed program reading logs due Monday!


Thursday, 27 February 2014

*Study time for root word quiz tomorrow!

*Research time in LRC; students should be starting on their thesis page and outline tomorrow. Project due date, still TBD - depends on next week's progress during the shortened class time (due to ISATs)


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

*Animal research continued

*Next steps after note cards are complete explained: Thesis Statement page and Outline to be completed after note cards are checked and approved. Note cards/research should be finished by the end of class tomorrow

*Root word quiz approaching FRIDAY!


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

*Animal research continued


Monday, February 24th, 2014

*Collected Copious Pictograph assignment

*Distributed root word study guide for Quiz #5 - Cycl/Orb, Phil, and Bio; Quiz Friday!

*Note taking tips

*Animal research began - books and other print materials only today


Friday, February 21st, 2014

*"Bio"- pic; due Monday if not finished in class

*Copious Pictograph work time - picture and sentences (in packet) are due Monday!

*Animal Research Project introduction; Research packet available for download above. Due date: TBD. Most students chose their animals today, but some are waiting until Monday to make the final decision. We will begin research on Moday.

RecommendedAnimal Research Websites

http://animal.discovery.com/animals/ (Animal Planet)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/ (BBC Wildlife)

http://www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/map.html (ESpecies fact sheets)


http://www.nwf.org/Wildlife.aspx (National WildlifeFederation)

http://www.awf.org/section/wildlife/gallery (African WildlifeFoundation)





Thursday, February 20th, 2014

*Note-taking practice: "A New Earth Found"

*Copious Pictograph Project work time; packet of sentences should be completed for tomorrow, coloring book picture should be printed out. Due MONDAY!

*Students need about 20-25 note cards for the research project, which will begin Monday - more to come on that


Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

*Checked subject complement homework

*Collected Blanca Flor cause & effect homework

*Copious Pictograph Project intro (Assessment of verb unit and characterization): download project criteria at top of page; due Monday 2/24. Students need to print a coloring page of their chosen character ASAP.


Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

*New root word: Bio = life

*Linking verbs and subject complements packet pgs. 70-72 - pg. 72 must be finished for homework tonight

*"Blanca Flor" Cause and Effect Chart (comprehension assessment) due tomorrow


Friday, February 14th, 2014

*Linking Verbs and Subject Complements packet pgs. 82 and 69 - done in class

*Checked and discussed "Blanca Flor" indirect characterization chart

*Root word valentines - must choose 3 words to design a card, due Monday



Thursday, February 13th, 2014

*Direct/Indirect Object Review

*Direct/Indirect Object Quiz

*Linking Verbs and Predicate Words introduction

*Blanca Flor characterization chart - started in class, should be finished for homework tonight


Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

*New root word: phil = love

*Direct and Indirect Characterization lesson

*Performed "Blanca Flor" while focusing on how the character Blanca Flor is characterized

*Direct and indirect object quiz tomorrow


Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

*Direct and indirect object review (was supposed to be quiz, but there was a miscommunication with the sub)

*Read "Blanca Flor" (in lit. book) play quietly, will be performed tomorrow


Monday, February 10th, 2014

*Cycl/Orb "Twister" activity

*Indirect Object Practice: Mini-quiz tomorrow on direct and indirect objects!

*"The Bridegroom" quiz redo (everyone) in a different format


Friday, February 7th, 2014

*Checked Cycl/Orb root word homework

*Indirect object practice

*"The Bridegroom" Plot open book and note assessment (non-retakeable)


Thursday, February 6th, 2014

*New root word: Cycl/Orb = roundness; pg. 86 "The Hall of Horrors" side due tomorrow

*Indirect Object introduction and practice

*Groupwork: "The Bridegroom" plot diagram - open book and note plot quiz tomorrow


Wednesday, February 5th, 2014- Math MAP testing


Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

*Hidden Meanings

*Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

*Finished Socratic Seminar on "The Bridegroom" - Self-Reflection due Thursday!

*Plot Diagram for "The Bridegroom" - Natasha's real-life experience; will finish in class on Thursday

*Tomorrow is Math MAP testing; students need to bring something to do


Monday, February 3rd, 2014

*Root Word Quiz

*Socratic Seminar on "The Bridegroom" (to be continued tomorrow)


Friday, 31 January 2014

*Root Word Quiz study time; quiz Monday!

*Checked direct object homework

*Direct Object Pop Quiz: non-retakeable

*Reread "The Bridegroom"

*"The Bridegroom" Socratic Seminar discussion questions were distributed and explained. Students must answer the questions (using the story and text evidence) to prepare for the seminar on Monday.


Thursday, 30 January 2014

*Checked direct object homework; did more challenging direct object work with partners

*Homework: Direct object w.s. 33 - Ex. B only

* Discussed Early Russian Marriage Customs reading and annotations

*"The Bridegroom" reading and annotations were assigned - due tomorrow

*Vocabulary root word quiz postponed until Monday!


Wednesday, 29 January, 2014

*Preposition review

*Direct object practice - worksheet due tomorrow

*Early Russian Marriage Customs article - must be annotated (with 2-3 margin notes) by tomorrow

*Read from How they Croaked

*Root Word Vocabulary Quiz on Ject/Jet, Flam/Pyro, Chron/Temp will now be Friday. Study!


Friday, 24 January 2014

*Chron/temp anachronism activity

*Review for Root Word Vocabulary Quiz #4 (Ject/Jet, Flam/Pyro, Chron/Temp) distributed to students who wanted it- quiz next Thursday 1/30

*Direct Object introduction and notes

*Verb quiz and text structure assessment were handed back to students; both are retakeable (by next Fri. at the latest), but the retake from must be completed by student



Thursday, 23 January 2014 - NWEA (MAP) Reading Test


Wednesday, 22 January 2013

*Last minute verb review

*Verb quiz

*Text structure assessment texts - due tomorrow!

*LRC check out

*READING MAP test tomorrow - students need to bring something to do when finished!


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

*New root word: chron/temp = time

*Verb review - verb quiz postponed until tomorrow so students are more comfortable with the material


Friday, 17 January 2014

*Writing journal: free write

*Bullying article: summarizing and text structure analysis (finished in class)

*Identified linking verbs and helping verb phrases in afore mentioned article

*Verb Review Game - Quiz on identifying and correct usage of action, linking, and helping verbs Tuesday


Thursay, 16 January 2014

*Ject/Jet activity

*Verb review puzzles: action, linking, and helping - quiz on Tuesday!

*Text structure paragraph identification with explanation - packet started in class, due tomorrow


Wednesday, 15 January 2014

*Mad Libs

*Linking verb categorizing and writing activity

*Text structure: writing with the different styles - written examples due tomorrow


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

*New root word: Ject/Jet - to throw

*Text structure lesson

*Linking verb work


Monday, 13 January 2014

*Helping verbs practice; checked homework sheet

*Text structure paragraphs activity


Friday, 10 January 2014

*Flam/Pyro sentence activity

*Non-fiction text structure intro - description, problem/solution, cause and effect, sequence, compare/contrast - with DIY notes

*Helping verb practice - w.s. due Monday


Thursday, 9 January 2014

*Brain teaser questions

*Verb notes - action, linking, and helping verbs

*Action verb (mental and physical) practice

*LRC for silent reading/book checkout


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

*Flam/Pryo=fire root word introduction

*Verb Unit introduction

*Students read a non-fiction article (of their choosing) from Junior Scholastic and wrote a brief summary about it to share with class


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

*Open-note noun quiz

*The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Unit Test

*Watsons movie will be shown tomorrow (Rated PG)


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

*Possessive noun practice; checked possessive noun homework

*Noun unit review - open note quiz tomorrow

*Watsons Ch. 14-15 discussion and explanation of what I will look for in the extended response question for tomorrow (students already know question and should've started brainstorming on chart on back of Ch. 14-15 work)

*Watson Novel Unit Test tomorrow - no books except for use in answering extended response question


Monday, 16 December 2013

*Possessive noun practice and activity

*"Possessive Nouns" w.s. due tomorrow

* Read Watsons Ch. 15 and epilogue

*Watsons Ch. 14-end work - only the comprehension questions need to be finished for tomorrow - the dynamic character chart on the back is due Wed.

*Watson Unit Test on Wed; Study guides distributed


Friday, 13 December 2013

*Plural Noun Mini-Quiz

*Possessive Noun Introduction

*Watsons Group Meeting/Discussion Ch. 11-13

*Ch. 14 needs to be read by Monday


Thursday, 12 December 2013

*Plural noun practice (with partners) - quiz tomorrow

*Read Ch. 13

*Ch 11-13 work: Focus- Character Analysis (Static and Dynamic), Personification, and Symbolism; due tomorrow if not finished in class!


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

*Abstract and concrete nouns

*Plural nouns

*Graded Watsons Quiz Ch. 6-10

*Read Watsons Ch. 11 in class; Chapter 12 needs to be read for tomorrow!


Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

*Plural nouns

*Homework: Plural noun practice - only 1/2 of one side of worksheet titled "Nouns" due tomorrow

*Watsons Ch. 10 work - Imagery: small details, strong verbs, and figurative languae

*Discussion on Ch. 10

*Watsons Ch. 6-10 Comprehension Quiz (non-retakeable)


Monday, December 9th, 2013

*Proofreading practice

*Plural noun practice in packet

*Began reading Watsons Ch. 10 - if not finished in class (LA 1 & 2 didn't finish), the chapter needs to be finished for tomorrow

*Comprehension Quiz Watsons Ch. 6-10 tomorrow; not eligible for retakes


Friday, December 6th, 2013

*Ch. 8-9 Watsons work

*Ch. 8-9 Group Meeting

*Plural noun introduction - took notes on irregular plural rules


Thursday, December 5th, 2013

*Checked vocabulary crossword puzzle homework

*Cocabulary Quiz on Ch. 1-8 words

*Idiom activity

*Watsons vocabulary Ch. 9-end

*Began reading Ch. 9 in class; Ch. 9 needs to be finished for tomorrow (reading only - no worksheet given)


Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

*Watsons Vocabulary Crossword Review - due tomorrow; Vocabulary Quiz tomorrow!

*Common and Proper Noun reintroduction

*Group Meeting for Watsons Ch. 6-7

*Read Ch. 8 for tomorrow

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

*Noun categories

*Classmate Noun Challenge activity

*Read Watsons Ch. 7

*Ch. 7 work: cause and effect and idioms - due tomorrow


Monday, December 2nd, 2013

*Noun (re)introduction with the addition of the idea noun category (abstract nouns)

*Read Watsons Ch. 6

*Watsons work Ch. 6 - characterization of Byron, due Tuesday if not finished in class


Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

*Thankful paragraph with simple, compound, and complex sentences

*Watsons group work meeting Ch. 4 and 5

*Watsons comprehension check Ch. 1-5


Monday, November 25th, 2013

*Thanksgiving logic puzzles

*Reach Watsons Ch. 5

*Ch. 5 work assigned: questions, strong verbs, onomatopoeia, due tomorrow

*Comprehension Quiz on Watsons Ch. 1-5 tomorrow


Friday, November 22nd, 2013

*Root Word Quiz

*Read Watsons Ch. 4

*Homework: Watsons activities for Ch. 4 due Monday

*Finished book presentations


Thursday, November 21st, 2013

*Non-fiction text study

*Sentence structure puzzle

*Watsons  group work Ch. 2-3

*Study time for root word quiz - quiz tomorrow!


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013


*Read Watsons Ch. 2 & 3

*Homework: Finish questions and activities for Watsons Ch. 2 & 3 (2 sheets). Due tomorrow!


Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

*Watsons Ch. 1 group work

*Book Fair

*Book Presentations


Monday, November 18th, 2013

*Compound and complex sentence quiz

*Finished reading Watsons Ch. 1

*Questions and character analysis chart for Ch. 1 due tomorrow

*Book Presentations


Friday, November 15th, 2013

*Checked compound & complex sentence homework - open note quiz Monday!

*Pop Quiz on Civil Rights Poster presentations notes

*Watsons Vocabular Ch. 1-8

*Began reading Ch. 1 of Watsons - no reading homework

*Book Presentations begin Monday and end Tuesday


Thursday, November 14th, 2013

*Silent reading/Book Presentation work time

*Compund or complex sentence practice; homework: back side of worksheet we did in class on compound and complex sentences - due tomorrow, quiz Monday!

*Miss/Mitt root word activity

*Book Presentation assignment dates given

*Last day to buy a Watsons book is tomorrow - just $1!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

*Civil Rights video and discussion

*LRC for book checkout and silent reading

*Book Presentations due Monday 

*We are starting a novel unit at the end of this week: The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. I have the paperback books available for sale for $1. Students with their own copies will be able to annotate inside the book, which will be easier. If students would like a book, they can bring in the $1 by Friday. This is optional; students will be provided a copy if they chose not to buy one.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

*Complex sentence practice

*Civil Rights video

*We are starting a novel unit at the end of this week: The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963. I have the paperback books available for sale for $1. Students with their own copies will be able to annotate inside the book, which will be easier. If students would like a book, they can bring in the $1 by Friday. This is optional; students will be provided a copy if they chose not to buy one.


Monday, 11 November 2013

*Writing journal prompt

*Complex sentence practice

*New root word: Miss/Mitt - to send

*Finished Civil Rights Poster presentations

*Book Presentations due in 1 week!


Friday, 8 November 2013

*Civil Rights Events presentations


Thursday, 7 November 2013

*Civil Rights Poster work time - poster due tomorrow!


Wednesday, 6 November 2013

*Complex sentence practice

*Civil Rights Poster work time - due Friday


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

*Independent and dependent clauses and complex sentences

*Civi Rights Poster work time - due Friday!


Monday, 4 November 2013

*Writing journal warm-up

*Civil Rights Poster project introduction - due Friday

*Sentence Structure: Complex Sentences introduction

*Fall Conference Survey - needs to be finished tonight if not finished in class


Thursday, 31 October 2013

*Socratic Seminar on "I Was Not Alone"

*Listened to original spooky radio play "The Hitchhiker" (while following along in literature book)


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

*Read  spooky play "In the Fog" from literature book

*Checked compound sentence homework

*"I Was Not Alone" questions (on the annotated article) to prepare for socratic seminar tomorrow - students need to finish those higher-level thinking questions for our discussion tomorrow (if they didn't finish in class)

*LRC for book checkout



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

*Silent Reading/ Book Presentation work time

*New root word: aqua/hydro

*Read and annotated Rosa Parks's interview "I Was Not Alone"

*Homework: compound sentence worksheet due tomorrow


Monday, 28 October 2013

*Author visit (LA 1 & LA2 Only; LA 3 read from How They Croaked)

*Compound sentence practice

*Went over "The Gold Cadillac" comprehension and vocabulary quiz


Friday, 25 October 2013

*Read an exerpt from The Contagious Colors at Mumpley Middle School by Fowler DeWitt in preparation for the author visit on Monday (LA 1 and LA 2 only- he's only here in the a.m.)

*Ped/Pod Help Wanted activity

*Simple and compound sentence practice

*"The Gold Cadillac" comprehension and vocabulary quiz (open book with the option of partners); needs to be finished this weekend if not turned in Friday



Thursday, 24 Octber 2013

*Silent reading/Book Presentation work time

*Sentence structure intro: Simple and Compound Sentences

*Checked and discussed "The Gold Cadillac" questions

*Homework for LA2 and LA3 only: "Feet First" Ped/Pod cartoon activitiy on back of definitions sheet due tomorrow


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

*Run-on sentences

*New root word: Ped/Pod = foot

*"The Gold Cadillac" questions due tomorrow if not finished in class:

“The Gold Cadillac” By: Mildred D. Taylor

1.  Answerquestions 1-4 on page 329. Please use complete sentences – 2-3 sentences peranswer.

2.  Themeis the author’s message about life. Choose an important line in the story thatyou think communicates the theme. Write the quote and then explain how thatshows the theme that the author was trying to get across to the reader. Answerthis on the same piece of paper as the questions.


Exampleof #2 from “The Stone”: “Maibon was proud of his white hair and long beard ashe had been of his sturdy arms and legs.” Growing old is a necessary – and welcomed– part of life. Growing older is something to be proud of, as Maibon learned.


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

*Silent Reading/Book Presentation work time

*Checked run-on sentence homework

*Finished reading "The Gold Cadillac"

*LRC for Rebecca Caudill Award Book Talks with Oswego Public Library


Monday, 21 October 2013

*Writing journal warm-up: Introduction to Civil Right Unit

*Began reading "The Gold Cadillac" novella in literature book

*Handed back "Ta-Na-E-Ka" writing assignment and discussed grading

*Fragment and run-on practice; homework: Run-on sentence worksheet due tomorrow


Friday, 18 October 2013

*Finished typing Cell Phone argument essays in lab - due Monday if not finished!

*Root word quiz

*Silent reading/Book Presentation work time


Thursday, 17 October 2013

*Study time given for root word quiz tomorrow - NO RETAKES or REDOS! This will be the last grade for 1st quarter!

*Argument writing prompt (district assessment): Analyzing cell phone use in classroom; students will use their annotated articles and quote chart to help with writing - computer lab time was given today and will be given tomorrow; Finished assignment due Monday.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

*Silent reading/Book presentation work time

*"Life Cell Phone Ban" article important quotes chart

*Read, annonated and completed quote chart for "Cons of Having Cell Phones in School"- both charts should be completed by the beginning of class tomorrow or the student will be behind


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

*"Enhance your Vocabulary" activity

*Book Presentation options explanation; book choice due to me tomorrow after LRC trip.

*"Lift the Cell Phone Ban" article needs to be read an annotated by tomorrow - will be used for a bigger assignment.

*Root word qui study guides were distributed; Quiz on sym/syn, bene/bon, and mal on Friday!


Thursday, 10 October 2013

*Writing journal warm-up: "Mal" crimes

*Comparing and contrasting (with annotations) "The Cost of Clothes" article and "Fire in New York" LA 3 only - Questions due tomorrow!

*Book Presentation brief introduction: project choices will be explained more thoroughly tomorrow! Due Date- November 18th; Guidelines available for download above. Book (of student's choice) needs to be at reading level! 


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

*Mal root word activity

*Run-On sentence introduction

*Author's purpose mini-lesson

*Read "The Wind People" and discussed author's purpose



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

*New root word: mal = bad or wrong

*Annotation practice: "The Coldest Place on Earth"

*Collected Ta-Na-E-Ka writing assignment


Monday, 7 October 2013

*Fragment mini-assessment

*"Ta-Na-E-Ka" writing assignment computer lab time;  completed paragraph due tomorrow


Friday, 4 October 2013

*Bene/Bon activity

*More fragment practice; mini-quiz Monday

*"Ta-Na-E-Ka" discussion

*"Tan-Na-E-Ka" writing assignment: What important lesson did Mary learn throughout the story? Graphic organizer should be finished by beginning of class Monday when we will begin typing response. Prompt directions, grading, and organizer available for download at the top of the page.


Thursday, 3 October 2013

*Checked fragment homework

*Read "Ta-Na-E-Ka" in lit. book

*Finding conflict activity for Ta Na E Ka, discussed in class

*LRC for book check out and silent reading


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

*More Bene/Bon practice

*Fixing Fragments; homework: Fragment worksheet: "Not the Whole Picture" due tomorrow

*Dicussed Ta-Na-E-Ka vocabulary

*Coloring Conflict activity

*LRC tomorrow for book check out


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

*Root word: Bene/Bon = Good

*Fragment introduction

*Coloring Conflicts - (LA 1 and LA 3 only - LA 2 didn't get to it) activity due tomorrow if not finished in class

*Discussed Ta-Na-E-Ka vocabulary preview (LA 2 only)


Monday, 30 September 2013

*Proofreading: punctuation conversation

*Annotation practice: "Miracle Drugs"

*"Ta-Na-E-Ka" vocabulary preview - not homework

*Collected UFO snapshot assignment - missing several still


Friday, 27 September 2013

*Making inferences (and supporting them)

*Annotation Introduction

*Sym/Syn activity - "UFO Snapshot" is due Monday if not finished in class (most students did not finish)


Thursday, 26 September 2013

*News article on The Challenger Explosion

*Checked sym/syn root word HW

*Types of conflict introductory activity: character vs. character, character vs. nature, character vs. self, character vs. society

*Returned "All Summer" extended response and discussed grading


Wednesday, 25 September 2013 - NWEA Math testing


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

*Sym/Syn root word introduction; "Help Wanted" side of w.s. is due Thursday

*Subject and Predicate Quiz

*Checked "All Summer" plot diagram

*"All Summer" comprehension and vocabulary check - due Thursday if not finished in class

*NWEA Math test tomorrow


Monday, 23 September 2013


*Subject/Predciate Review; Quiz tomorrow!

*Extended reponse of question #3 on pg. 50 in lit book from "All Summer"- went over what was expected in a response and students were to revise their response before turning in

*"All Summer" plot diagram matching - due tomorrow if not finished in class


Friday, 20 September 2013

*Writing journal warm-up

*Subject/Predicate review - due Monday; Quiz on Tuesday!

*"All Summer" character analysis of Margot and William. Students were assigned question #3 on pg. 50 of the lit book

*LRC checkout for LA 2 and 3


Thursday, 19 September

*Simile writing

*"All Summer" figurative language activity and discussion (found: similes, metaphors, hyperboles, personification)

*Root word quiz

*LRC (LA 1 only - LA 2 and 3 will go tomorrow)


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

*Figurative Language pop quiz

*Hard to find subjects and predicates work

*Writing journal prompt: Being an outsider

*Read "All Summer in a Day" in literature book

*Root word vocabulary quiz is tomorrow!


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

*Finished Figurative Language Lesson

*Subject/Predicate rewind

*Study time given for root word quiz Thursday - foli, manu, arch 


Monday, 16 September 2013

*NWEA Reading Test


Friday, 13 September 2013

*Logic puzzle warm-up

*Subject and predicate work

*Figurative language lesson

*MAP test rescheduled for Monday.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

*MAP testing rescheduled for Monday due to computer issues

*Hard to find subjects practice

*"The Stone" comprehension quiz (open book)

*Arch study guide flip chart

*Comic strips due today!



Wednesday, 11 September 2013

*Checked "Arch" root word homework

*Hard to Find Subjects lesson and practice

*"The Stone" comic strip project work time - due tomorrow!

*NWEA Reading (Map test) tomorrow; students need to bring a book to read of something to work on when done


Tuesday. 10 September 2013

*Compound subject and predicate practice

*New root word: arch - chief, ruler; worksheet due tomorrow

*Reviewed "The Stone" plot diagram

*Assigned "The Stone" comic strip project - due Thursday (class time to work will be given)


Monday, 9 September 2013

*Writing journal warm-up: Staying 11-12 forever?

*Read "The Stone" in class

*Completed plot diagram for "The Stone" - if not finished in class it needs to be done for our project tomorrow!

*Compound subjects and predicates


Friday, 6 September 2013

*Subject/Predicate practice

*Elements of plot review (small open book quiz on Monday)

*"The Stone" vocabulary preview activity

*Created manu (root word) study guide flip chart


Thursday, 5 September 2013

*Went over "Just Once" plot diagram

*"Just Once" comprehension and vocabulary quiz (open book)

*Introduction/Review of subjects and predicates

*LRC book checkout and silent reading time


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

*"Manu" root word activity

*Checked homework sentences

*Types of sentences worksheet

*"Just Once" plot diagram activity - due tomorrow if not completed in class

*LRC for silent reading and book check out!


Tuesday, 3 September 2013

*Types of sentences puzzle; homework - Writing Sentences 1/2 sheet due tomorrow (time was given in class to work)

*Introduction of new root word: manu - hand

*Read the story "Just Once" in lit book


Friday, 30 August 2013

*Types of sentences practice

*Flip page study guide was constructed for foli vocabulary words; should be finished by Tuesday


Thursday, 29 August 2013

*Went over "Dragon Dragon" plot diagram homework

*Introduction to the 4 kinds of sentences: Declarative, Interrogative, Exclamatory, and Imparative

*If you were not at curriculum night, please download the "Million Words or Less" document at the top of the page. It is optional, but I really appreciate getting a parent's perspective. You may email your response, or print it out and send it with you child. Thank you!


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

*Writing journal warm-up (in composition notebook): family

*Weekly root word intro; this week's root: foli - leaf, quiz every 3 weeks on new vocabulary

*Read "Dragon Dragon" in Literature book; students need to complete the plot diagram on the elements of plot in this story; if not finished in class, it is due tomorrow!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

*Literature textbook distribution

*Elements of plot introduction (setting, conflict, rising action/complications, climax, falling action, resolution): Dogzilla example; we completed a plot diagram together in class


Monday, 26 August 2013

*LA notebook set-up

*Finished Me Collage Presentations

*District Pre-Assessment Language & Grammar


Friday, 23 August 2013

*LRC for computer lab and library orientation; students should practice accessing databases and other resources from home this weekend

*Me Collage presentations will be finished Monday


Thursday, 22 August 2013

*School's Cool Mad Libs

*Me Collage work time; if not finished in class, it is due tomorrow

*Me Collage presentations

*Signed contract due tomorrow


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

*Goals writing prompt

*Classroom Hunt

*Me Collage project assigned

*Signed contract due Friday!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

*Get to know you: Sentence Completions

*LA Policies and Procedures explaination; contract to be signed by parent and returned by Friday 8/23, document is available for download on the top of this page.

*Classmates Scavenger Hunt


Monday, 19 August 2013


*Ice Breaker Activity/Competition

*Tour of Room


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